A sheepdog is always ready, alert, and waiting to do what is necessary... are you ready? See, prepping and readiness is more than having a bunch of guns, stocking up on ammunition, and having some rations stored in the closet. Being prepared is a lifestyle and it's often the little things that will trip us up. Similar to money management, we tend to make careful, thoughtful decisions when purchasing a home, a car or truck, a big screen TV... but we lose out on the hundreds, even thousands of dollars wasted daily and weekly in the little things.
It's 1:50am... where's your cell phone... oh, next to the chair in the living room... where's your flashlight... in the back of the drawer, under all the other stuff piled in there... where's your gun... is it loaded... is the safety on or off... is there a round in the chamber... can't remember when you last checked it... where's the spare magazine... where's everyone else... asleep... in the family room watching a late night show... at work... did you lock the doors... did someone else... who was supposed to lock the doors... is your heart pounding?
What woke you up at 1:50am... was it a sound...an intruder... a weather alert or tornado siren... the smoke alarm... the dog barking... how do you assess the situation... what's the plan... how do you communicate with the others... what are you wearing... where are your shoes... tossed in the corner or ready to slip on... where's your keys... oh, on the kitchen counter at the other end of the house?
What are you going to grab to take with you... are you looking for your glasses... where's your clothes... do you just grab the the Bug Out Bag (BOB) and run... or take cover... or use your alternate escape route... where do you re-group... who do you call... are you panicked? angry? frustrated? Are you thinking about all the things you should have thought about before 1:50am?
Preparedness is a continual process in our family. It's a lifestyle with standard operating procedures and routines that are always being assessed, modified, and improved. We have plans, we test them, we discuss them, and we ask, "What if?" My little gal is sixteen and in less than two years she will likely be off at college. Hopefully, she'll assess her unfortunately disarmed situation and make a plan, develop routines, and have her BOB ready to go.
I can't tell YOU how to be prepared as every situation is different, but I can suggest you look around and assess your situation. You could probably make a hundred improvements in your preparations and readiness without spending a penny. Think about it, and if you have a family or others living with you... discuss it with them 'cause nothing messes up a good plan more than someone who has no idea what the plan was.
I've often heard it said, "If you're going to carry... carry every day." Well, if you're going to prepare... prepare every day.
So the homework for today's class of Sheepdog 101: It's 1:50am... are you ready?